Definition of unready in US English:



  • 1predicative Not prepared for a situation or activity.

    ‘she was young and unready for motherhood’
    • ‘In my opinion, it is unconscionable for a nation to send untrained or unready soldiers into battle.’
    • ‘If you wait until you're totally ‘ready’ for marriage… well, I mean, lots of us are definitely unready for marriage, but is anybody totally ready?’
    • ‘I suspect, however, that such eagerness can backfire: that the socially unready child will rebel or withdraw.’
    • ‘This program was considered heresy because the mortgage markets felt a person who did not have a down payment for purchase of a home was somehow unfit or unready for homeownership.’
    • ‘They require the turning of America's vast and fantastically expensive intelligence apparatus towards a threat which it was unready to face.’
    • ‘Although his previous sailing experience was limited, his boat unready and the electronic gadgetry of his own design unfinished and untested, Crowhurst had managed to persuade everyone to regard him as a serious contender.’
    • ‘The new protests began when municipality officials said the dump could not be closed, since the new locations were still unready.’
    • ‘But he did say we were unready, and that was wrong.’
    • ‘Still, they seem as yet unready to take what they've got as far as they could, erring on the side of discretion.’
    • ‘John Huston, whose 1969 A Walk with Love and Death starred his unready teenage daughter, made it up to her by directing her Oscar-winning performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor.’
    • ‘About half of all prisoners coming to Grendon leave too early; most return to the system after only a few months in the assessment wing, because they are judged by staff to be unready for full-blown group psychotherapy.’
    • ‘Built in Glasgow in 1910, this vessel tramped her way around the globe for the next three decades, until she was requisitioned by an Admiralty hurriedly preparing for a war it was desperately unready to fight.’
    • ‘Six years ago Martin, aged 41, from Leigh, had low-self esteem, lacked confidence and was unready for employment.’
    • ‘The gentle way to read this is that Arnold is simply unready for a six-way, unscripted debate.’
    • ‘Despite his ten billion years of preparation, he found himself to be unready.’
    • ‘More likely, the L.A. Times doesn't really know much about what causes military units to be ready or unready - or, if it knows, it isn't really accurately telling us in this story.’
    • ‘But I've noticed that the late night comedians have really started ratcheting up the criticism of him, and this notion of him being kind of dumb and unready is taking hold.’
    • ‘However, to protect small electricity users, the government will retain full control over the power industry in areas deemed unready for open competition.’
    • ‘We could have got married to ‘legitimise’ it but at 16, we were both very young and unready for bringing up a family.’
    • ‘‘Transferring power’ on a meaningless date to an unready government will similarly betray their hopes.’
    unprepared, unready, inattentive, unwary, unwatchful, with one's defences down, by surprise, cold, unsuspecting
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    1. 1.1archaic Slow to act; hesitant.
      • ‘It is a huge story, full of facts, and Fraser spurns equivocation and doubt as she explains why Alfred was great and Ethelred was unready, why King John was not a good man and Nelson and Wellington were brilliant.’
      • ‘After the death of Ethelred the Unready in 1016, the throne of England passed to Canute.’
      • ‘His attempts to buy off Viking invaders gave him the name, Ethelred the Unready.’
      • ‘Athelstane's nickname was the Unready - not coward or lazy, but unready, and slow to act, even in the name of his Saxon heritage.’